Tower 20 Double IPA - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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3.2/5 rDev -11.8%
Bottle picked up at Karl Strauss Sorrento Valley for $9.50, which is probably 50% more than it will retail for, if history is any indication. I couldn't be happier with the situation. Snifter.
A: Very dark orange and completely transparent with a mountain of beige froth. The head lasts for a minute and yields scattered lacing.
S: Pronounced bread and sweet caramel blend with orange, grapefruit, and tangerine flesh aromatics. It reminds me of an IPA from the Northwest. Pine resin is evident. This is the definition of balance.
T: Very malty. Bready sweetness is balanced by soft orange and grapefruit notes. Caramel makes an appearance. This is not only excessively malty, but the hops are pretty dull as well. It's also a little too alcoholic in the late palate through the finish.
M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This is not a Tower 10 take on a Double IPA. It's much maltier than I expected. I was definitely hoping for a much drier beer and not a Northwest style Double IPA. This comes across as bland and uninspired with excessive use of Crystal malt. It's not terrible, but with the hoppy choices I have in San Diego a beer grasping for mediocrity is one I will not buy again.
03-09-2012 03:34:43 | More by HopHead84
3.2/5 rDev -11.8%
22 oz. bomber,
A: Pours a burnt orange with a small white head, good retention, limited lace.
S: Sweet malt with a lot of citrus, mango and lemon rind.
T: Malt heavy with some juicy hops. Grapefruit, lemon zest and a fair dose of mint. Hint of tropicality, some light pineapple is in there.
M: Medium to full-bodied. Sticky, oily, and resiny. Some crisp carbonation that gets a bit spritzy in the finish.
O: An old school style Double IPA where the malt is to the forefront. Reminds me of something out of the Pacific Northwest. A solid effort, but too overpriced for what it is.
09-29-2012 04:03:38 | More by Halcyondays
3.25/5 rDev -10.5%
pour was a a cloudy golden yellow with thick creamy and foamy head, about an inch or so.
very malty on nose with some light hops. not a lot of depth except for sweet malt.
flavor was similar, this was far more malt forward than hop forward. no idea what the date on this is. lots of sweet caramel and toffee, faint slight bitter citrus hops.
full body, mild bite, no trace of alcohol burn. pretty smooth.
overall, not what i want in a double IPA. it was not bad, but was not stand out.
12-01-2012 23:40:10 | More by hooliganlife
3.25/5 rDev -10.5%
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.
A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with less than one finger of diminishing custard-tinted foam head. Light scattered lacing remains on the glass.
S: Rich caramel and toasted grain make this smell like a barleywine. Evidence of hops manifests as fairly dark mixed citrus fruit. Trace esters add to the fruit effect. No alcohol is detected.
T: Begins off-dry, with dense pale malt that is cakey and toasted. Hop aromatics are not only herbaceous and spicy, but also distinctly minty, in addition to some more typical dark citrus and pine. Flavors become shallower in the middle, more foliage and slight plastic; malt flees. The finish is only mildly bitter and much cleaner than expected, compared to the beginning. No alcohol is detected.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, changing from an alkaline coating at the front of the palate to an acidic burn in the back of the throat, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: This large and malty DIPA may have received a true doubling of the grain bill, going by taste and smell alone. Unfortunately that leaves it unbalanced away from the hop component, with little evidence of serious dry-hopping detected. Otherwise it seems to be assembled by-the-book, very predictable. It fails to eclipse Karl Strauss' long-running Big Barrel Fall seasonal DIPA, which remains the best of their high gravity beers.
07-05-2012 02:21:57 | More by beagle75
3.4/5 rDev -6.3%
Bomber poured into a globe glass. Pours goldenrod with a touch of orange haze and offers a half inch of whitish foam. Moderate retention and some artsy lace.
Aroma of malt and some resinous hops, giving way to a notable orange citrus underbelly. Bit of caramel and yeast. Fairly well integrated but not overly robust in the hops department, yet the ABV is well cloaked behind the somewhat malty delivery.
Flavor is more neutral with some pale malt and just a hint of caramel and with a spicy hop character. Bit of citrus spice on the finish and with a moderate lingering yet soft bitterness. Malt is obvious but not overdone but gets a bit rich over time.
Feel is slick and a bit oily with orange and a bit of caramel. Carbonation is lighter than the pour might suggest but firms up a bit with warming. Overall a decent brew that improves with warming and worh a visit.
06-10-2012 05:45:29 | More by HalfFull
3.48/5 rDev -4.1%
Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with an impressive head; performs well in both the stickage and lacing departments
Smell: Bready, meaty and malty, with undertones of toffee
Taste: Crusty bread and toffee, with the bitterness developing rapidly; not particularly citrusy or piney, as I would have expected, but more in an earthy direction; nicely balanced, after the swallow, between the malt and the hops though the finish is a bit too sweet
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Overall: Not a bad beer but far from the top echelon of DIPAs
Thanks, cocoapuph, for the opportunity
10-25-2012 23:56:03 | More by brentk56
3.58/5 rDev -1.4%
22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.
LOOK: Clear amber, think high rise of foam
SMELL: Ripe clementine pulp, leafy, herbal, pineapple rind, clean alcoholic esters, biscuity
TASTE: Creamy, bigger body, smooth, alcohol, hop resin, bitter, ripe tropical fruit, citrus rind, peppery, rose water, bread crust, white cherries, bitter finish
This is a massive beer, not the biggest but more inline that the alcohol and hops are extremely expressive / in your face. Only serious hopheads should take this one on.
07-03-2012 00:28:37 | More by Jason
3.58/5 rDev -1.4%
Pours amber in color with a finger of off-white head. Kind of past its prime, it seems. Sweet caramel and toffee malt with some bready malt. Floral hops and a bit of citrus, but not all that hoppy. A little bit herbal and piney with some floral notes. Sweet toffee and bread, but overall just kind of meh.
07-30-2012 22:35:35 | More by womencantsail
3.58/5 rDev -1.4%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a shaker pint - No visible dating on the bottle - smells of sweet caramel and tastes much of the same - at the end a little citrus comes in, which kind of reminds me of Juicy Fruit gum... Good head retention and lots of sticky lacing - Not even close to what I want from a DIPA - their Big Barrel DIPA is far superior - truly a disappointment on this one... Who knows, maybe it's an older bottle... Though I'm not likely to try this one again to find out...
08-04-2014 04:01:08 | More by TaylorIPA19
3.6/5 rDev -0.8%
Got very curious when I saw the Tower 20 come out.
A- Pretty copper, fair off white head, some cling.
S - Bandaids. Hops. Malt underneath it all.
T - Large malt caramel center, wrapped by hops.
M - Medium body, good carb, ok balance.
D - Nice offering. Def. sessionable.
05-06-2012 04:27:59 | More by srandycarter
3.65/5 rDev +0.6%
Careful pour nets a rocky two finger high head of off white foam. Retention is near infinite, got to the bottom of the glass and the head was still nearly half a finger. Leaves some sticky lacing on the glass.
Pretty even battle between malts and hops, a touch bready that moves towards sweet honey and blends seemlessly into tangerine, orange and pine resin. Centennial hops add earthy tones. Overwhelmingly orange citrus, earthy and sweet.
Crystal malt provides alot of heft in the malt bill along with sweet rolls, and honey. Hop profile is strong orange citrus and pine, not overly resinous, good bitter kick but the finish is quickly overwhelmed with some abrasive solvent alcohol. Dries well in the finish with some bitter pine and residual caramel sweeteners.
Medium bodied, adequate carbonation and very smooth going down. Loss of some points for alcohol rearing its head on the end of the drink and a rather stick sweet mouth coating.
Pretty decent beer, the parts are all there but it's delivered in parts, malt, hops, booze. Could be a bit tighter. Perhaps a bit overly sweet as well though I'm not bothered by it, Karl Strauss does a good job keeping the ABV down in the nose and the head retention is amazing.
03-08-2012 04:39:55 | More by rawfish
Tower 20 Double IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.